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Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

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Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

Postby skan » Thu May 03, 2012 5:29 am

Hello

I have designed a mechanical lock that avoids common lockpicking methods.
After studying all patents related to locks I've found none like mine.

What do you advise me to do?

I have a working 3D CAD model and simulation.

Patenting the lock is expensive and I don't know if aftwerwards someone would be interested.

I could try to sell the idea to an important lock maker.
They might want to see the model first. In that case, I am afraid they could reject it and then make it slightly modified.

I could try to physically build it myself and show (a contest) the real model to prove that it is difficult to lockpick, hidding its internals. That would also be difficult or expensive though.

I live in Spain and most potential buyers would be American (it would be quite expensive to go to USA), British or German.

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Re: Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

Postby gloves » Sat May 26, 2012 9:46 pm

You'd better create at least one model of it. I doubt anybody would be interested in just a project, because there are some things that on paper work flawlessly and yet when you machine them something just doesn't go as you thought.

Also if you think it'll be pick-resistant, you have to let people challenge it :)

Cheers
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Re: Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

Postby skan » Sat May 26, 2012 10:46 pm

Hello

If I build the model and it works as expected, do you think it would interest anybody?
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Re: Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

Postby keysman » Sat May 26, 2012 11:23 pm

skan wrote:Hello

If I build the model and it works as expected, do you think it would interest anybody?

"build it and they will come"
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Re: Need advise, alternatives to patenting a lock?

Postby mh » Sun May 27, 2012 3:45 am

skan wrote:Hello

If I build the model and it works as expected, do you think it would interest anybody?


Is it easy to use and cheap to make? Then yes.
E.g. Master Lock has introduced a number of new and unique designs recently. The process from invention to market introduction was very long, but now it's in the market and generating revenue for the inventor.

Cheers
mh
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